Ashish K. Jha
Former Faculty Director
As of Sept. 1, 2020, Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, is the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. From 2014 to 2020, he was Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI).
A practicing physician, Ashish K. Jha, M.D., MPH, is recognized globally as an expert on pandemic preparedness and response as well as on health policy research and practice. He transitioned from his role as faculty director of the Harvard Global Health Institute to become dean of the Brown University School of Public Health on September 1, 2020.
Before joining the Brown School of Public Health, Dr. Jha was a faculty member at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) since 2004 and Harvard Medical School since 2005. He was the Faculty Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute from 2014 until September 2020. From 2018 to 2020, he served as the Dean for Global Strategy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. For more information, visit his faculty page at Brown.
Associate Faculty Director
Dr. Katz, the Associate Faculty Director at HGHI, serves as an Associate Physician in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is a research scientist at the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research over the past decade has focused on the social determinants of health-seeking behavior among people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, with the goal of developing sustainable, socio-behavioral interventions aimed at improving care for the most under-served.
She is trained in Infectious Diseases and received her MD from the University of California at San Francisco and trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in Global Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and has been on staff there since 2009.
She has been consistently funded as a Principal Investigator through the National Institutes of Health since 2012 and has served as an Editorial Fellow and a National Correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine.
Laura Burke is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School and an emergency medicine attending at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She received her MD from the University of Massachusetts in 2007.
After completing her emergency medicine residency at BIDMC in 2010, she went on to get her MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health while completing a Zuckerman Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Burke works as a health services researcher within the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and has worked on a number of projects on the measurement of and variation in quality of emergency and acute care. In particular, her recent work published in JAMA in May 2017, examined the association between teaching status and mortality among Medicare beneficiaries treated in United States hospitals. She is the current recipient of the Emergency Medicine Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar Award.
Jose Figueroa, MD, MPH, is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management.
He currently is the 2017-2018 Burke Global Health Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Faculty Director of the Residency Management & Leadership Pathway at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. His research focuses on identifying drivers of spending and poor outcomes among high-need, high-cost populations, improving health equity, and evaluating the impact of pay-for-performance efforts globally on health care quality and costs. He was a member of a national planning committee at the National Academy of Medicine for high-need patients and serves as a faculty advisor for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Dr. Miranda Lam is an instructor in radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School and a radiation oncology attending physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
She received her MD/MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School/Wharton Business School and completed her residency training in the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. In addition to her active clinical practice of treating patients with sarcoma and gastrointestinal cancers, Dr. Lam works as a health services research within the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is working to understand how health policy impacts both costs and quality of cancer care. She has recently identified factors that drive the cost of care among the high-cost patients and has evaluated the impact of new and emerging payment models such as accountable care organizations on cancer patients. She is also engaged in research to understand how national policies impact end-of-life advanced cancer care and how specific factors contribute to variations in cost and quality in oncology.
Assistant Faculty Director, Harvard Initiative on Global Health Quality
Irene Papanicolas, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of health economics in the Department of Social Policy/LSE Health at the London School of Economics and a visiting assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she was a 2015-2016 U.K. Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.
She has previously served as a research officer at LSE Health as well as the Health Economics Research Centre at the University of Oxford. Papanicolas has published extensively for governmental agencies such as the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and has been a member of a working group advising WHO European Region on the development of a regional framework for health system performance assessment. Her research interests include performance assessment of health and public services, international comparisons and benchmarking, financial incentives, and health economics. Papanicolas received her Ph.D. in social policy from the London School of Economics, a M.Sc. in comparative social policy from the University of Oxford, and a M.Sc. in public policy from University College London.
Affiliated Faculty, HGHI Fellow
Dr. Thomas C. Tsai is a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), an Assistant Professor in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Tsai received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, and his MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He completed a general surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an advanced minimally invasive gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery fellowship Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Tsai is board certified in general surgery. His clinical interests include laparoscopic and robotic surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease and paraesophageal hernias; complex abdominal wall reconstruction; and bariatric surgery. Dr. Tsai’s research focuses on health policy evaluation and on policy and systems-level interventions to improve the quality and value of surgical care.
Liana Rosenkrantz Woskie
Liana R. Woskie is a PhD candidate in Health Policy and Health Economics at the LSE and is a Research Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute. Her dissertation focuses on the evaluation of health system performance with a focus on person-centered care and autonomy; using this work to quantify human rights violations.
Prior to her PhD, Liana served as the Assistant Director of the Harvard Initiative on Global Health Quality (HIGHQ). In 2015-16, as an extension of her role at the Institute, she coordinated the Harvard-LSHTM Lancet Report on the Global Response to Ebola. More recently, she worked with Irene Papanicolas and Ashish Jha on an NASEM commission to quantify harm caused by poor quality healthcare in LMICs and a series of comparative health system performance evaluations in high income countries, with published output in JAMA, the BMJ and HealthAffairs. Current COVID-related projects include: 1.) Assessing the impact of social distancing policies on changes in aggregate human mobility, and 2.) Developing a risk score-card to mitigate reproductive health sequalae from COVID-19.
Liana holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and completed an MSc at the LSE and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Prior to joining the Institute, she worked with the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and was a Global Health Corps Fellow at Partners In Health. As a Thomas J Watson Fellow Liana also worked with, and studied, iterations of the Community Health Worker model in over ten countries including Rwanda, Bangladesh, India and the United States.
Research Associate | Project Manager
A Research Associate and Project Manager at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Global Health Institute, Mahrokh Irani works on Health System Reforms and Quality of Care in India. She also manages a variety of other projects at HGHI.
Prior to joining the Institute, Mahrokh was a practicing Oral Surgeon and Oral Public Health Researcher in Mumbai. She primarily worked with marginalized populations and underprivileged patients suffering from systemic diseases like HIV, Tuberculosis, and Oral cancer. She conducted research on identifying health seeking behaviors in minority groups, women and children; as well implemented quality improvement processes for oral health services at public hospitals. Mahrokh holds a Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery from Nair Hospital Dental College and a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Interim Associate Director of Programs
Megan Diamond oversees initiatives on Technology & Health and Global Health Quality. In this role, she brings together partners across disciplines, sectors and geographies to engage in critical conversations that identify gaps and articulate tangible solutions. Her team drives toward impact through fostering novel partnerships, producing groundbreaking research and disseminating educational material.
Prior to joining HGHI, Megan worked with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma where she coordinated a portfolio of projects on global mental health. She has conducted research on the intersection of the built environment and mental health and explored how complex geopolitical environments impact access to health services. She holds a Master’s degree in epidemiology from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and BA in sociology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
Associate Director of Analytics
Jie Zheng, Ph.D, MStats is the Associate Director of Analytics at the Harvard Global Health Institute. Leading the analytical team, she is responsible for data management and statistical analysis in the research branch at HGHI in collaboration with physicians, economists, statisticians and other researchers.
The statistical analyses involve in working with Medicare claims, AHA annual survey and publicly available hospital-level data related to patient satisfaction and hospital process measures. Using these large and national data sets, the analytical team performs simple and complex analytical methods, ranging from basic linear regression to complex hierarchical and multi-step models which incorporate risk adjustment, instrumental variable analysis, and several types of sensitivity analyses to rigorously evaluate a stated research hypothesis in health quality, cost and measurement. Jie received her Ph.D in Medical Sociology from University of Utah and a Masters of Biostatistics from University of Utah Medical School.
Caroline Niu is an Analyst Programmer at the Harvard Global Health Institute. In this role, Caroline works as a member in the analytical team. Her responsibilities include data management of datasets from different sources such as Medicare claim data, and analysis programming for health care policy research projects.
She received her Masters degree in Computer Science Information Systems from Northeastern University. Caroline enjoys swimming and traveling.
Statistical Analyst Programmer
Jessica provides data management and statistical analysis support for health care research.
Jessica received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Villanova University and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Georgetown University. Previously, she worked as a Statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau, where she conducted demographic and self-response research related to the decennial census.
Ben graduated from Princeton University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and a certificate in Computer Science.
He conducted his senior thesis research on the phenotypic and epigenetic effects of hydraulic fracking exposure in children. Ben is excited to join the HGHI team and shift his focus from biology to global health and health policy. In the future, he hopes to attend medical school and to continue working to make healthcare more equitable, effective, and efficient.
Kristen joined HGHI after graduating from Amherst College with a BA in English. Kristen is interested in health equity and thus, hopes to pursue a career in healthcare where she can help improve the wellbeing of vulnerable communities.
She looks forward to broadening her understanding of global health and health policy while at HGHI. In her free time, Kristen likes to write poetry, try new restaurants, and practice yoga.
Tynan Friend is a research assistant at HGHI and in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
He supports HGHI’s work in climate change and health, emergency medicine, global population health, and domestic health policy. Passionate about the intersection of community- and systems-level factors contributing to the health of each patient, Tynan comes to HGHI excited to work with physicians and researchers dedicated to improving the health of underserved and vulnerable populations. Tynan earned a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University in 2019 where he studied genetics and genomics, Spanish, and music. He plans to pursue a dual career in clinical medicine and public health.